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City Partners with Duke Energy to Launch Park and Plug EV Charging Stations

St. Petersburg, FL (December 18, 2018) – The City of St. Petersburg is proud to participate in Duke Energy’s Park and Plug – a pilot program that encourages clean transportation through the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.  

St. Petersburg is committed to delivering progressive, sustainable policies and effective programs to address environmental, economic, and social challenges facing the Sunshine City. Mayor Kriseman created the Office of Sustainability & Resiliency in 2015 to work with other executive offices, the City Council Health, Energy, Resiliency and Sustainability Committee, city departments, businesses, and the community to develop innovative environmental solutions that foster equity, vibrant communities and shared prosperity. Mayor Kriseman remains strongly committed to addressing climate change through greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Said Mayor Kriseman: “No sustainability and resiliency strategy is complete without a plan for reducing the number of gasoline-powered cars on the road – and increasing the number of electric vehicles. In order to do that, we want to ensure we have the infrastructure to accommodate those electric vehicles. That’s why being a part of Duke’s Park and Plug pilot program is so important. I want to thank everyone at Duke Energy for being our partner in this important initiative.”

“I'm excited about the opportunities the Park and Plug pilot program will provide for St. Petersburg residents and visitors,” said Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida president. “We are committed to providing smarter, cleaner energy alternatives for all our customers and we’re proud to partner with the City of St. Petersburg on several initiatives. In addition to this program, Duke Energy is also helping to promote cleaner transportation by funding the initial charging infrastructure for Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s electric buses and cleaner energy through a solar installment at The Pier.”

Once station locations have been selected, the City will work directly with NovaCHARGE LLC, a leading national EV charging solutions provider selected by Duke Energy, on equipment installation.

For more news surrounding sustainability programs, visit stpete.org/sustainability.

 

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